King William Players

King William Players (KWP) is the student-run theater troupe of St. John’s College in Annapolis.

Current Performance Schedule

All performances begin at 8 p.m. via Zoom. Admission is free and open to the public.

Friday, April 30, 2021
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? by Edward Albee
Watch via Zoom (passcode: 235580)

This is a spectacular dark comedy that has won both Tony Awards and (in a movie adaptation) Oscars. The play centers on the dysfunctional relationship between George, a professor at a small college, and his wife, Martha. Their guests, Nick and Honey, are at first shocked by their hosts’ vulgarity, but slowly get drawn into the fray. Underneath the edgy banter, however, there lurks an undercurrent of tragedy and despair. George and Martha’s inhuman bitterness toward one another is provoked by an enormous personal sadness that they have pledged to keep to themselves: a secret that now, with these disruptive guests, is at risk of being revealed.

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is a particularly disturbing work viewed from the context of our college. There are many details that should appeal to Johnnies—a small-college setting with the attendant small-college drama, classical references (including the full text of a common freshman chorus piece!), and lots of talking about mysterious things. Most importantly, the play questions a central assumption of the project of St. John’s: that education, done right, makes one a better and happier person.

Recent Past Productions

Plato’s Symposium, Winter 2020

Antigone, Fall 2020

The Shape of Things by Neil LaBute, Winter 2019

Phèdre by Jean Racine, Fall 2019

Night, Mother by Marsha Norman, Winter 2019

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, Fall 2018

The President Ferenc Molnar, Spring 2018

John by Annie Baker, Winter 2017

No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre, Fall 2017

Spring Awakening by Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater, Spring 2017

Lysistrata by Aristophanes, Winter 2016

As You Like It by William Shakespeare, Fall 2016

The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis, Spring 2016